Community Visioning Dialogue

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh

MICA reintroduces the project to Mercer Island in an effort to create a central space that brings together arts and community.  We continue to build on what we have already learned and have important new updates to share as we blaze a new path.  These updates consist of:

  • Expanded leadership of board and staff
  • A stronger relationship with the City
  • A community visioning dialogue, starting Spring 2018
  • Openness to alternative sites and designs

We are excited to begin our Community Visioning Dialogue with the Mercer Island Community. As we move through this process we will have a series of events that consists of individual interviews, large group visioning sessions, small group input sessions, and an island-wide survey. MICA is eager to listen to the island and find out what you, as a community, would like in a community arts center.


  • Purpose of the Center
  • Who should it serve and why
  • What it will take to inspire confidence and support
  • Desired programming and facility needs
  • Scale and reach of the project

Register for the July 28th visioning session by clicking here. It will be held at the Mercer Island Community Center from 930-1130am.

This 2-hour session will be conducted as a series of small group discussions so that all attendees are given an opportunity to share their unique points of view. Our goal in using this format is to also foster productive dialogue among our friends and neighbors.

The small group discussions, between 5-10 participants each, will be co-moderated by the MICA team and our community input partner, Phinney Bischoff. Each group will be given a discussion prompt, and after a deep dive into that topic, participants will be asked to swap tables and explore another topic with a fresh set of perspectives. By carrying their ideas from one table to the next, we hope that participants will build on each other’s thoughts, resulting in a positive exchange of insights.

We have identified three key discussion topics that are essential to our understanding of how MICA can enhance your experience as a Mercer Island resident: brainstorming a collective vision for the future of arts and culture on the island, learning about unmet needs relative to the arts and beyond (and how MICA could best serve those needs), and identifying specific programming and activities that would benefit the community at large.

We are excited for your participation and ask that you come with an open mind. In return, we pledge to listen closely to everyone’s opinions and honor differing perspectives. Please know, however, that we are committed to creating an environment where every attendee feels welcomed and heard, and we thank you in advance for your constructive comments.

MICA wants your voice heard. If you have any questions contact the MICA office by calling  206-715-7671 or email at